The way that TNA produced the debut of injured war veteran Sgt. Chris Melendez was nothing short of sensational. With Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson and Team 3D in the ring to explain the journey of the Iraqfrontline veteran before revealing he was an amputee. It was a truly feel good moment in wrestling, something we don’t get much of these days.
TNA’s new emphasis on wrestling and, particularly, the tag team division, has brought about a new concept: the tag team series to determine the best tag team in the world. With The Hardy’s, Team 3D and The Wolves involved, you’d be hard pressed to disagree with the winners having the right to call themselves the absolute best in the industry. This week’s debut of the concept brought about a masterclass in tag team wrestling that featured an array of double team moves, high flying spots, and one huge 3D, to win it the JKWrestling match of the week.
By Rodney Remo
On an explosive Labor Day Weekend edition of SmackDown, Roman Reigns’ one-on-one matchup with Bray Wyatt escalated into Six-Man Tag Team warfare, AJ Lee delivered a sweet surprise to Divas Champion Paige, and Jack Swagger went head-to-head with Rusev in a submission battle! Roman Reigns battled Bray Wyatt in a huge opening matchup that ended in a disqualification victory for the black-clad Superstar, after he was attacked at ringside by Wyatt’s fearsome followers. Fortunately for the powerhouse Superstar, Big Show & Mark Henry arrived to tip the scales in Reigns’ favor, sending Erick Rowan straight into an earth-shattering Superman Punch. Soon after the chaotic opening scuffle, it was announced that Big Show, Mark Henry & Roman Reigns would clash with The Wyatt Family in a massive Six Man Tag Team Match for SmackDown’s main event!
Paige’s NXT Summer Vacation photoshoot.
Unstoppable Forces and Immovable Objects - Old School Is Cool!
By Vincent Ferrari
It’s understood in the wrestling business that, as your career begins its downturn, it’s time to start “paying back” and bringing up younger talent the way you were brought up as well. In the business it’s called “putting over,” meaning you put your ego aside and give the nod to an up-and-comer. This gives them their time in theson and helps keep the business going.
Walking into a “Stairway to Janice” match with the Monster Abyss is something most wrestlers would try to avoid, but not Bram. The somewhat psychotic Brit took his opponent to the limit with a series of sadistic maneuvers, but perhaps most importantly went through physical hell to get the victory. Donning traditional wrestling attire, Bram speared a barbed wire table, cutting his back. He was later slammed in to thumb tacks, yet he still won. Respect for the Brit have to be at an all time high and he’s deserving of this award this week.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose repaid the faith showed in them by the bookers at WWE by putting on the match of the week from the main event slot of Raw this week courtesy of their typically fast-paced and erratic styles. With Kane thrown in the mix to keep things interesting as both stars recovered from their often painful looking spots, the match effortlessly took us to the very close of the WWE’s biggest weekly show and inevitably landed it the Match of the Week once Rollins curb-stomped Ambrose out of the WWE to truly send a message. A very good TV match that elevated both.
By Vincent Ferrari
Last week’s episode of Impact was pretty solid, as most of them have been this summer. Now the question is can they keep that momentum going again? On the heels of some excellent news (namely that TNA will stayon Spike in the US at least until the end of the year), it’s time to dive into this week’s episode, which just so happens to be Hardcore Justice 2014. Woohoo! Here we go with a somewhat more condensed recap than I usually do…
By Rodney Remo
In the wake of The Biggest Party of the Summer, post-match turmoil ran rabid all over SmackDown. Five days after losing to Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, Randy Orton opened SmackDown, explaining that one battle would not define the war for him or his black-clad adversary. The Viper also made it clear that he had reemerged with new focus, ready to extract retribution from Reigns, respect from the WWE Universe and make “collateral damage” out of Rob Van Dam in his imminent SmackDown collision.